- Chelsea Guffy not too long ago started a aspect hustle as a journey agent who specializes in Disney holidays.
- “I assumed to myself, ‘Okay, this might be one thing actually cool,’ Guffy stated when a pal she helped advise on a Disney trip advised she do it as a job.
- This is Chelsea Guffy’s story, as informed to author Jamie Killin.
This is an as-told-to essay relies on a dialog with Chelsea Guffy, who not too long ago started a aspect hustle as a journey agent who specializes in Disney holidays. It has been edited for size and readability.
Last yr, I seen on social media that one in every of my sorority sisters had began working as a journey agent on a number of Disney holidays and dealing for a journey company referred to as ET Family Travel.
I had a Disney trip arising that November, and I had already booked the entire thing however I had requested her if she might get me eating reservations, as a result of these are the toughest factor to get at Disney World, and he or she agreed. She helped me get all of the eating reservations that I wished.
Then she stated to me, “Chelsea, you recognize Disney in and out. You ought to come on as an agent.” So, I thought of it, and are available the brand new yr I assumed to myself, “Okay, this might be one thing actually cool.” I joined the workforce and I fell in love with it.
Travel is simply in my blood, and I like reserving holidays for my household, so it was a no brainer.
I grew up in Florida about two hours away from Disney World and grew up going.
The first time I went, I used to be in all probability three weeks previous. I’ve all the time had a love for journey – I studied overseas at school, and once I was rising up my household would take journeys at the very least yearly to totally different locations all around the nation.
Travel is simply in my blood, and I like reserving holidays for my household, so it was a no brainer that I’d like doing it for different individuals.
The company I work for focuses on Disney and family-friendly journeys, so most brokers give attention to theme park holidays. However, we do all types of journey. I primarily centered on Disney at first, however then I acquired requests from my mates, so I made a decision to department out.
I did a United Kingdom journey for a pal of mine in June, and now I’m doing one other UK journey in addition to a New York journey. I’ve additionally helped with California journeys and even staycations.
My clientele is primarily my mates and folks in my community, however now I’ve had two purchasers who I didn’t know beforehand – one reached out to me via my social media, and one other was a referral via the company.
I’m capable of assist my purchasers save a number of time. I’ve a number of information; While they could want months to plan a visit, I can do it for them in three weeks. Sometimes I additionally discover decrease costs for them.
I additionally be sure to inform my purchasers that that is my second job and that I’ve a full-time job. I attempt to give as a lot time to my purchasers as I can – however I be sure to set expectations.
I do additionally get advantages like free Disney tickets and reductions at resorts.
As a aspect hustle, it is good to have the additional money. I’m an impartial contractor who makes cash based mostly on commissions from the theme parks and resorts. The period of time I spend on the job varies, however I common 12 to fifteen hours every week in addition to my full-time job. I begin as quickly as my son goes to mattress, so 7:30 pm and 10 pm are my prime.
I do additionally get advantages like free Disney tickets and reductions at resorts. I’ve to fulfill a sure fee inside a yr to qualify for some advantages. One of those is the CLIA card, which is concentrated on cruise journey, and as soon as you have met their fee minimums, you are capable of get particular journey agent charges. For instance, there are Disney cruises this October that will be accessible for about $20 an individual per evening.
I’m actually trying ahead to gaining access to these perks.